I’m proud to be a lifelong Montgomery County resident. I went to school here. It’s where my wife and I met and where we’re raising our family. It’s also where I started my business, in Rockville, growing it from just two employees into a Fortune 500 company. I’m a pragmatic progressive Democrat who’s committed to improving the quality of life for all our residents.
I’m entrepreneurial at heart, but what’s required to lead a successful business – to create jobs, to make it profitable – I learned through hands-on experience. It’s this unique perspective that makes me an ideal candidate for County Executive right now.
Leading a Fortune 500 company in Rockville, I developed a deep sense of accountability and an understanding of our fiduciary responsibility. I was acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Montgomery County, while also learning best economic development practices in the other 30 states where our company operated.
Running a company with a $5 billion budget, I learned skills to make our budget go further, to stamp out redundancies and embrace new technologies. As our company evolved, I learned what’s required to recruit and retain the top talent across the country. I developed compensation strategies for our most senior leaders that ensured our key objectives were properly aligned with executive compensation.
Of course, given our specific business, I have keen insight into harnessing technology solutions and the challenges with our health care system. Our company consistently was recognized for providing first class customer service. For example, our members received first call resolution over 98% of the time. My leadership approach is to build inclusive, collaborative and transparent teams. I understand the importance of surrounding myself with top leaders in the respective fields when I don’t have all the answers.